That's the allegation in Cabot, though the case has some wrinkles.
Vol 36 • No 42
Advertiser says she skirts law to support a family.
Restaurant owner, musician and filmmaker — Amman Abbasi does it all.
The city of Little Rock's budget woes are well-known. Dozens of staff positions are empty.
Mike Huckabee has been under fire lately for using the phrase "ick factor" in discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage.
I haven't talked with him yet, but I just stumbled across the website of a brave man, Greg Adams.
As we reported earlier, Doron Ofir Casting, the agency behind "Jersey Shore," is swinging through Arkansas on their casting call road trip for their new show-in-the-making, "Party Down South."
Environmental activist Barry Haas notes the lack of press coverage today of the "historic" vote by which the Quorum Court approved a watershed management plan for Lake Maumelle.
The War Memorial Stadium Commission — a publicly appointed state board — today announced it had sold naming rights to the football field in the stadium — a publicly owned facility — to AT&T. The Commission declined to say how much it had sold the rights for.
Fresh from catching kiss from Pitchfork for their recent release of Dragoon's debut LP, Max Recordings released a four-track EP from Chicago three-piece Avenue Boulevard.
Jason Tolbert provides some coverage of the blue-ribbon group studying highway funding. He catches same plain old common sense from Sen. John Paul Capps, who says new tax money will be required.
Take us over the hump.
The band that Frank Zappa famously tauted as "better than The Beatles" is heading to the stage.
Welcome to Little Rock.
Band of Heathens, Chuck Dodson, Charity Vance, 'Dance 'Til You Disintegrate.'
Our last jingo lingo war was a few years ago against France. The French had refused to send troops to be blown up alongside ours in Iraq, or some such treachery. By way of retaliation, we renamed French fries "freedom fries," some of our patriotic breakfast places took French toast off their menu boards, and our snootier winos agreed to move over from French to Yellowtail.
In his June 10 column, John Brummett declares that cheese dip, with its apparent genesis at the Mexico Chiquito restaurant in Prothro Junction, is "a Little Rock thing." Well, I'm sitting here in my domicile in downtown Dogtown, looking at a map, and I'm pretty sure that Prothro Junction isn't on his side of the river. Not by a fair piece.
'Toy Story 3' is the rare excellent final chapter in a trilogy.
The Observer has had some close calls on the road before. Recently, though, we had one without even leaving the house.
LR Central leads in AP; the Lincoln-Boozman outlook and the LR Zoo remains tobacco friendly.
June 18, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Center
June 19, Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA
Robinson Center Music Hall, June 21
Eisley, A+ Setup, Drive-By Truckers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Life Size Pizza, 'The Dark Knight', Sister Hazel.
'Futurama,' 'James May's Toy Stories' and 'True Blood.'
Good: Little Rock School District, John Rogers, Green Party. Bad: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Republican Congressional candidate Tim Griffin, Southern Baptist Convention, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.
Last week, ZaZa started construction on its second location, a 4,000-square-foot space in the new mixed-use development The Village at Hendrix.
On lotteries, mic vs. mike and old expressions.
If you've watched AETN over the past few months, you've probably seen a promotional video for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and didn't even realize it.
New dance club to downtown LR; Jeff Nichols filming follow-up to 'Shotgun Stories' in Ohio; Whodini to Revolution; Mary Steenburgen to star in Nashville TV show and LR Film Fest gets national recognition.
Even with expansions, some communities left out.
Toltec draws a crowd eager to unearth the Indian past.
V.I.T.A.L. lives at musty mansion.
Is the Republican candidate for governor, Jim Keet, eligible to run?
I had a good seat for the luncheon Friday of the Political Animals Club at the Governor's Mansion. It provided a view of political spontaneity, now nearly extinct in this tightly controlled era of what the consultants call "message discipline."
Argenta Market puts Arkansas food on table.
Unless you're hypnotized by the competition between a chameleon Democrat and a mannequin Republican, forget about the campaign for the U. S. Senate for a while.
When a black president defends the American people against a giant oil company, vilification by Republicans is pretty much assured.
Despite an astro-turfed e-mail campaign organized by the Mississippi-based American Family Association, the Northwest Arkansas Gay Pride Parade remains on for Saturday in Fayetteville.
John Brummett explains — not that reason has much to do with this current issue — why there are minimum enrollment requirements for school districts and why the lines have to be drawn somewhere, though inequities might occur on either side of that line.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is holding firm on her legislation to remove derivatives business from banks.
I swear, sometimes you can practically see the neighborhood's pubescent boys peeking through the cracks of these girls' backyard fence.
American Electric Power, whose SWEPCO subsidiary has been stymied in court on getting Public Service Commission approval for a coal-fired generating plant in Hempstead County, filed a brief notice with the PSC today saying it will no longer seek PSC approval for the plant as part of the rate base.
Thursday: Band of Heathens, Wayland Holyfield, 'Coraline,' Tyrannosaurus Chicken, American Aquarium, more
Band of Heathens, an Austin-based crew of roots rockers, visits Sticky Fingerz alongside the smooth drawl of Fayetteville's Matt Stell & The Crashers, 9 p.m., $7.
Kat Robinson escapes the state's borders to discover what Door County, WI has to offer the culinary world. Don't worry, she's coming back.
For the most part, there are no do-overs in television.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are a solid band. And, as such, they put on a pretty solid show last night at the Rev Room.
Rogers native and country superduperstar Joe Nichols, who's lately been tearing it up on the charts with "Gimme That Girl," is headed to East End, Wednesday, July 7, to play a benefit concert to raise money to rebuild the East End Fire Department, which was destroyed in the May tornado.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln's pivotal role on financial regulation might make her a hero for enemies of Wall Street for a time.
Big news here. The U.S. Supreme Court, in an 8-1 vote, has upheld a Washington decision that allowed public release of names of people who sign initiative petitions.
AT&T has agreed to waive secrecy on the deal it struck with the War Memorial Stadium Commission on naming rights for the football field, which now carries the AT&T brand on the 20-yardlines.
Nashville photographer Thomas Petillo, who's made a name with his portraits of musicians, is showing his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hot Springs.
Graham Gordy, the Little Rock screenwriter behind "War Eagle, Arkansas," is close to selling a TV show to AMC.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet today unveiled an ethics package he'd push if he beats Gov. Mike Beebe.
Jason Tolbert provides a clip of Democratic congressional candidate Joyce Elliott meeting the press following a Political Animals Club talk today.
With the Arts Center set to send its troubled, but critically acclaimed "World of the Pharaohs" exhibit packing on July 7, your opportunities to catch the show are dwindling.
Scott Henderson, director of the state Game and Fish Commission since 2003, will step down Sept. 1.
Thanks to Jason Tolbert for a tip to Inside Saline, which notes that the Benton School Board is set to discuss use of federal stimulus money to leverage a bond issue for a $14 million football stadium/fieldhouse project.
Hot doggies! I know the people in Weiner love their schools.
As I had previewed earlier, the Little Rock School Board met in private yesterday with Superintendent Linda Watson as part of their review of her work.
Big week for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln. She got a special exception to new banking rules for the Walton family's bank.
Shannon Rogers, who just finished his first year of graduate art school in New York, is showing more than 50 drawings and paintings at The Arts Scene, now located at 806 W. Markham, from 4-8 p.m.
The U.S. House yesterday passed legislation to require corporations to disclose their political spending. Make them equal with individuals, in other words.
FRIDAY 6/25 Pianist Chuck Dodson releases his newest classical jazz album, "The Wildwood Sessions," at Maxine's in Hot Springs, performing alongside his studio-accompanied cellist and violinist, 7 p.m., $5.
A+ SETUP6 p.m., Music Fort Smith. $6.
Opponents of offshore drilling plan a national demonstration Saturday, "Hands Across the Sand." One event will be at noon Saturday at the Hot Springs community garden at 124 N. Palm Street downtown.
It's damn near impossible to find Drive-By Truckers' name in print without finding a Skynyrd reference trailing behind.
LIFE SIZE PIZZA9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Two city swimming pools that were scheduled to close in mid-July because of budget cuts will now stay open until July 31, Assistant City Manager Bryan Day says.
It's the 30th anniversary year for the Central High School Class of 1980. Has it really been 30 years since Roosevelt Thompson was Central valedictorian, a National Merit scholar bound for Yale?
Fallout continues for Mike Huckabee's use of the phrase "ick factor" in describing how some people react to gay sex and his effort to defend the word by saying it was a phrase in common use.
The Health Department reports several cases of diarrheal illness from people who've swum in the Saline River near the Highway 5 bridge.
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, opens a $40 million expansion tomorrow.
Phil Brandon spent the morning unloading giant metal pieces — square tubs, long cylinders affixed with pressure gauges, large copper contraptions that called to mind steampunk submarines.
Lindsey Millar took the press tour today at Rock Town, the state's first "craft distillery."
Wednesday night brought local food fiends to Chenal Valley’s Euro-bistro, Ya Ya’s, for their first five-course “showdown” between two in-house sous chefs, Nate Miller and Derek Jones.
Interesting age analysis of recent Gallup polling on health care reform legislation. It now enjoys solid support, except among those over 65, who are WAY negative.
News release just in on a lawsuit over the 10 percent compounding interest the state of Arkanas charges on tax debts.
Go cast your vote for what you think is the best painting in the “19th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Open Membership Exhibit” that opens with a reception Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road.
Politico is currently leading with an extensive analysis of Sen. Blanche Lincoln's big win — at least symbolically — in shaping financial reform legislation.
It appears to me that Politico sought out this interview with Joyce Ellliot, the Democratic nominee for 2nd District Congress.
What would I do without David Koon, perhaps the most singularly gifted writer/reporter working for peanuts in the U.S.A. today?
La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a major critic of the federal response to the Gulf oil spill, has some explaining of his own to do about his state's poor planning and the shortcomings in several of his ideas.
Gail Collins' column in today's New York Times is a warm tribute to the grit and accomplishments of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
David Koon reports on Dracula, showing through Saturday, July 3, at UCA as part of the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival has made a habit out of throwing some curveballs in their annual salute to The Bard.
Remember the news I'd passed along about city code enforcement officers shutting down a small farmers market at Pulaski Academy. It will reopen.
Worth a ready in today's New York Times is a feature on the new mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland — Jon Gnarr, a comedian whose goof campaign had an element of seriousness and who was elected along with a slate of other rockers and political outsiders.
The Drive-by Truckers literally rocked the lights out last night at the Rev Room. About four or five songs into the set, all the power to the band's instruments shut down.
Elwood sends along a link to a bust of some 50 Springdale teens boozing it up in a faith-based thrfit store.
John Brummett gives some thought today to Mike Huckabee's role as the leading Republican presidential contender for 2012. And says a recent New Yorker profile was a mite too kind, "ick factor" and all.
Two of them: 1) I still say it is folly to compare standardized test scores for Pulaski County school districts against state averages and those of charter schools without regard to the dramatic demographic differences.
Maureen Dowd raises the question about potential cell phone radiation hazards in a column about San Francisco's modest legislation to require dislcosure of phone radiation levels and the phone industry's angry reaction.
From a reader comes a recommendation for a thoughtful essay in the Washington Post by history professor Anthony Bracevic.
A news release has arrived from James Dillon, who describes himself as retired Army and former LR police traffic safety officer and who says he'll run for the Ward 3 seat on the Little Rock City Board of Directors this fall.
Ozarks Unbound provides coverage of the Northwest Arkansas gay pride parade Saturday. It had created some controversy — at least among religious righters — for young Will Phillips' role as grand marshal.
Everything looks good politically for the Republican Party this year, John Brummett writes. Except for one small thing: Wackjob candidates.
The U.S. Supreme Court continues to rout precedent. Today, it overturned decades of precedent in striking down Chicago's ban on handguns.
It's now officially over. Without comment today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the removal of former Pulaski Circuit Judge Willard Proctor for ethical violations in operation of the Cycle Breakers probation program.
Since Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan seems likely to be one of the days top stories, here's a useful sourced list from Media Matters debunking some of the favorite myths about Kagan propagated by her enemies.
Headline of the day comes from KAIT in Jonesboro. About a traffic stop and ensuing meth bust in Paragould.
Are we already over the hump? Only twice in last night's episode three did I wish an act of blood and carnage would swoop in and free me from scenes of emotional gooey-ness, down a good 30% from episodes one and two!
The buzz about Mike Huckabee's potential presidential candidacy continues, today with a lengthy analysis from The Fix, the Washington Post politics blog.
The Garland County sheriff's office reported today a violent home intrustion early Friday morning. Lt. James Martin said three men wearing bandanas around their faces forced their way into a home on Sequoyah Loop about 2:40 a.m.
The state Board of Health has scheduled a meeting Friday to consider an emergency regulation to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana, known as K2, Spice, Genie and other names.
French/American artist Darlyne Chauve will show her work at Heights gallery Boswell-Mourot, Kyle Boswell tells us; he's hanging work by her and 24 other artists, both local and national, for a show that starts July 1.
Sorry. I"ve been out on errands.
Kat Robinson's recent travel to Wisconsin included a new lesson in fish preparation that draws hungry crowds to specialty restaurants and beaches.
Canada goose lovers haven't given up their fight to protect these and other birds in Bella Vista.
I'd been waiting for this discussion and it's even more depressing than I thought. Of course it's not a certainty that completion of relief wells will stop the gush of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's failed well.
Bald Knob's Who Dat's Restaurant serves up a whole lot of whatever it serves, be it seafood, burgers or even its more-than-ample food bar.
I meant to link something on this earlier. But the BP oil disaster has created opportunities for others.
The group of ad execs who left Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods in a recent shakeup at the ad/PR firm have established a new firm, Martin-Wilbourn Partners.
Yes, let us hope. From a Republican blogger: THE TEA PARTY CONVENTION: On a conference call with the Republican National Committee's temporary delegate selection committee today, RNC chairman Michael Steele predicted that the "Tea Party hootenanny" would be omnipresent at the 2012 convention.
Interesting. Daily Kos says now, based on an independent review, that he was defrauded by the polling firm did surveys for him for a year and a half.
Classic, trailblazing punk/surf-rock trio Agent Orange have been providing music for skateparks for more than three decades and, most recently, making me jump out of my skin after trying to do a Google image search for that picture right up there.
So are 607 and Bobby going to do a video for every song on both of their new albums?
Silly question. Also not too smart a strategy.
It's hard to imagine this will go anywhere, not with most of a Senate filibuster in the part of the country most likely to be opposed.
Truman Arnold, the Texarkana, Texas, petroluem marketer who's long been a player in Arkansas politics and government, has made a big gift on the Texas side of Stateline.
Roby Brock reports that organizers of two state constitutional amendment campaigns say they'll turn in petitions with sufficident signatures to qualify for the ballot by Friday's deadline.
Patter Helmstrom, whose work appears here, is the judge for the 2011 "Small Works on Paper" competition sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council.
The line is open.
Tim Griffin's main man, the man who would be speaker, Republican John Boehner, the man who in an interview in Pittisburgh diminished the financial crisis and said President Obama had overreacted against BP, has another swell idea: Raise the retirement age to 70 for Social Security benefits.
A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board credits Arkansas for doing a good job at getting kids in pre-K programs, but notes our continued low college completion rate.
Richard Weiss, state Finance and Administration director, te the state is in a "good spot" as the fiscal year ends today.
The thick menu at Izzy's can cause difficulties in determining appropriate lunch fare. We suggest whatever you get, try the One Large Tamale. And the tea — any of the teas.
Interesting obit in today's New York Times about a storied civil rights lawyer, William Taylor.
After many years in the works, Memphis may close a deal today that will put a Bass Pro Shops in the old Pyramid arena.
In the theaters, we're a nation that likes our sugar extra sickly sweet and our lovey with as much dovey as possible. So how in the world did a movie so nihilistic, so unwaveringly dark and with such a complete lack of resolution as "The Dark Knight" manage to resonate with an entire country?
Best known for its unavoidable 1997 hit — and one of the better late-'90s M.O.R. singles — "All For You," Sister Hazel refused to follow its one-hit wonder comrades into the dark, instead steadily releasing albums since, each keeping in step with a carefree, Southern-kissed vibe of optimism and long afternoons.
If you run a non-profit arts agency and want to get some ideas about how to stay afloat, head to the Clinton Center a week from today.
Preserving corn, choosing a new ice cream flavor and sharing quick meal ideas today on the Eat Arkansas blog.
Nate Silver has done a post-primary analysis of U.S. Senate races and concludes things are slightly better for the Democrats.
Good looking flyer and line-up for the Thick Syrup River Boat cruise. Tickets available at White Water, Green Grass,